The Caribbean’s 7th Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) was held from 3-7 December 2012 in Montego Bay, Jamaica. The annual region’s premier event on disaster risk management is organized by the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), in collaboration with partner agencies. This year’s conference was convened under the theme “CDM: Building Disaster Resilience – A Shared Responsibility”. It is the Caribbean region’s largest gathering of professionals in the fields of disaster management and professionals from sectoral and thematic fields who have specific responsibilities in this area. Among the focus of the event was to facilitate consensus building on the Regional Strategy on CDM beyond 2012
At the Conference, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) convened the Caribbean Health Disaster Risk Reduction (CHDRR) Committee meeting which discussed the CDM Strategy beyond 2012, hospital safety index and database, response operations in health facilities, operational research in health DRR, and mass casualty management. PAHO also coordinated the thematic session on Disaster Resilience in the Health Sector which was attended not only by health sector actors but also disaster management specialists, academe and development partners. An exhibition booth was organized to showcase health disaster management initiatives and promote tools, publications and other education materials. These materials are also accessible in PAHO’s new Knowledge Center on Public Health and Disasters at www.healthanddisasters.info.